Camp Kotok: Sundering Reality Tunnels by Dave Nadig - Aug 22, 2022

We skipped 2020 for obvious reasons and reconvened last year in smaller groups with significant COVID protocols, and it was great. In my writeup from last year, entitled The Ghost Boat, I commented that the vibe was “We don’t know anything,” and a lot of the discussion was about how labor would respond coming out of the pandemic. Well, I think we have a lot of the answers now — labor is tight, wages are up, and unions are resurgent. Labor was enough of a topic that I’m also publishing a discussion with Barry Ritholtz and Sam Rines tomorrow, which, if you want to skip the “soft stuff,” serves as my “economist” recap of the event.

But none of the “hardcore” finance mattered that much to me this year. Personally, I was focused on the increasingly narrow perceptions of “the real world” that I keep running into.

Many folks are writing about this — whether it’s political partisanship, science-in-silos, how modern medicine is performed, the crypto ecosystem, pandemic isolationism, it’s not a new idea that we are what we eat intellectually and that our diet has narrowed in the last few years. Not me, of course! I’m special and different! I read widely; I have friends and colleagues with wildly different backgrounds and perspectives; I try to keep an open mind.

But of course, I’m wrong.


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